General Landscape Uses:
Accent grass. Large groundcover in wet to moist areas.
Widely cultivated. Available in Boynton Beach at Sustaincape Florida
(561-245-5305), Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery
(561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants
Large herbaceous grass.
Typically 3-4 feet in height; to 6 feet when in flower. About as broad as tall.
Widespread in eastern and central North America south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Marshes, swamps and wet pinelands.
Moist to wet, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained sandy, organic, or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Moderate to low; requires moist to wet soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Full sun to light shade.
Anthers orange, stigma purple.
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant
for clouded skipper (Lerema accius
) and three-spotted skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus
) butterflies. Provides seeds and insects for birds.
Can be grown from seed and division.
See a 2019 post on the Treasure Coast Natives
blog on Fakahatchee Grass (Eastern Gama Grass) and it’s relation to corn.